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    Oct
    27

    NC Business Incentives Just a Cottage Crony Industry

    Posted in Budget & Taxes, Civitas Review, Economics By Brian Balfour | Tagged , , , ,

    A recent press release from Gov. McCrory's office celebrated the announcement of 450 new jobs coming to Davie County, in no small part thanks to a grant from the state's Job Development Investment Grant (JDIG) program.   If history is any indication, however, we'll be lucky to see half that many jobs actually materialize. In […]

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    Oct
    20

    What the N&O Didn't Tell You About Wake Co. Teacher Pay

    Posted in Civitas Review, Education By Brian Balfour | Tagged , ,

    The News & Observer had a piece on Wake County's recent increase in its local supplement to teacher salaries. The article includes "praise" from the left-wing group WakeUp Wake County, as well as "criticism" from this article by Civitas Institute Senior Education Analyst Bob Luebke.   Luebke's criticism focuses not on the pay supplement itself, […]

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    Oct
    07

    Human Lab Rats: "Science" Being Used to Defend the Welfare State

    Posted in Budget & Taxes, Civitas Review, Economics By Brian Balfour | Tagged , ,

    Defenders of the broken and destructive welfare state are getting more desperate. Case in point, check out this frightening article in the N&O, entitled "The Science of Lifting Kids Out of Poverty."  The author begins by informing readers about the results of a recent study: In a study published this year in Nature Neuroscience, several co-authors […]

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    Sep
    29

    CON Exemption for Bellhaven Hospital Moves to House: Why Is This Necessary?

    Posted in Civitas Review, Economics, Healthcare By Brian Balfour | Tagged , ,

    A bill that would exempt "legacy" medical care facilities from acquiring a Certificate of Need to operate has cleared the Senate and is heading to the House. An amendment to clarify the definition is credited with exempting the hospital in Belhaven.    Some additional background via the Statesville News & Record Health care company Vidant […]

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    Sep
    28

    Were the State Bond and Corporate Welfare Bill Bargaining Chips for Income Tax Cut?

    Posted in Budget & Taxes, Civitas Review By Brian Balfour | Tagged , , ,

    There has been much written about the tax changes included in this year's final budget bill. Most notable among the changes were a decrease in the personal and corporate income tax rates, the creation of a new historic preservation tax credit, a shift in the formula for corporate taxes to a single sales factor, and […]

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